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Archive for December 14th, 2007

Help a wounded vet call home

Posted by Charles II on December 14, 2007

Credo, formerly Working Assets, has a program to provide hospitalized vets with phone cards to call home. Click here.

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Cindy Sheehan runs against Pelosi

Posted by Charles II on December 14, 2007

Via Avedon Carol and Unqualified Offerings, we learn that Cindy Sheehan has announced to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

I’m sure that money would not be turned away.

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Vote for impeachment

Posted by Charles II on December 14, 2007

Three members of the Judiciary Committee have called for hearings on the impeachment of Richard Cheney. Our “liberal media” refuses to publish their OpEd (see below). You can vote for impeachment at


By Representatives and Members of the Judiciary Committee:
Robert Wexler (D-FL), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

On November 7, the House of Representatives voted to send a resolution of impeachment of Vice President Cheney to the Judiciary Committee. As Members of the House Judiciary Committee, we strongly believe these important hearings should begin.

The issues at hand are too serious to ignore, including credible allegations of abuse of power that if proven may well constitute high crimes and misdemeanors under our constitution. The charges against Vice President Cheney relate to his deceptive actions leading up to the Iraq war, the revelation of the identity of a covert agent for political retaliation, and the illegal wiretapping of American citizens.

Continues here

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on December 14, 2007

“I don’t see any other cat on this bed,” says Lightfoot. “I wouldn’t sit on this bed if that pesky Alexander were on it.”

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Roger Clemens Accused Of Steroid Use

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 14, 2007


He spends the last few years of his Boston contract playing like a zombie, then he goes to New York and suddenly he’s the Mister K of old. It’s a miracle, or he was dogging it in Boston, or he started juicing when he went to work for Mr. Steinbrenner.

I used to argue with my baseball-junkie friends that Clemens had to be doing something, but they would just laugh at me. Wonder what they’re thinking now.

In the meantime, if Clemens or any of the other accused players want to make the media magically leave them alone, Alysheba at DKos has a few sure-fire tips:

ROGER CLEMENS: Call a press conference and immediately demand the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney.

It may sound paradoxical, but in order to disappear, Clemens needs to put in some serious face time hammering this issue. I call it my “Crazy Ivan” maneuver (patent pending) – turning headlong into the media’s prurience before their corporate handlers have time to retask them. One serious marathon session of putting that big, square jaw in front of every camera he can find and talking incessantly about the need for impeachment?? 24 hours later it’ll be: “Roger who?”

DAVID JUSTICE: Join forces with Robert Kennedy and announce a speaking tour to raise the nation’s awareness of election fraud in 2004.

As a retiree, David Justice has time on his side – time to think, time to plan, most of all, time to sit through a crash course in the Conyers Report at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, and then take his newfound knowledge on the road! It may sound cliched, but making one’s self the poster-child for what the mainstream media prefers to label a “conspiracy theory,” well, that’s the high road to a low profile.

LENNY DYKSTRA: Quickly orchestrate and, if necessary, self-finance, an endorsement deal for Johnathan Goodwin’s 100 mpg diesel-electric Hummer.

Nothing says “media blackout” like the phrase “alternative fuel.” And for Dykstra’s money, he couldn’t find a better place to hide than under a 7,000 lb. car that scares the shit out of Detroit. I mean, a right wing loon like Arnold Schwarzenegger joining forces with an energy independence advocate like Goodwin? Plus the endorsement of a tobacco chewing millionaire like Dykstra?? There’s no way to shoehorn those oddities into the stock media narrative! And you know what that means: BUH-BYE DYKSTRA HEADLINES!

ANDY PETTITE: Join the Army. Go to Iraq. Stay out of combat if possible, but upon your return have someone pen a book on your (fictional) traumatic brain injury. Stay away from Bob Woodruff at all costs!

Pettite’s got a lot to lose. Given that Bonds was already done prior to today’s news, and that Clemens was close to retirement anyway, Pettite, in my professional opinion as a newly minted publicist, is the real loser today and it appears he may have to go for the sacrifice fly.

He may get some press initially over the whole “celebrity enlistment” thing, but say he’s done with his obligation in three years, he’ll still have a good half-decade of throwing ahead of him. And, again, coming home with the whole sourpuss TBI-thing – that’s a guaranteed “C-ya” in the press and next thing y’know, he’s back on the mound.

But, again, Pettite must stay well clear of Bob Woodruff. The last thing he needs is to get swept up in another one of those “intrepid reporter” plots. That’s the kinda airtime no fallen hero needs!

BARRY BONDS: Rent out the “House that (You) Built” and stage a public hearing on the Sibel Edmonds case, signing autographs as necessary to increase attendence.

If there’s a holy grail of going dark, this might be it.

And for all those who say that Clemens wasn’t washed up when he left Boston, check this out:

Check out the Rocket’s final three seasons in Boston: 29 wins, 25 losses and endless crying. Compare that with his next two seasons in Toronto: 41 wins, 13 losses and two Cy Young Awards.

And of course after his two years in Toronto, he went to the Yankees. So while he didn’t go straight to the Yankees from Boston, he was NOT playing at the top of his game in his last three seasons in Boston.

Either he was doggin’ it his last three Boston seasons, or he started doping once he left.

UPDATEE&P ran a story in 2006 on how sportswriters largely looked the other way for over a decade, right up until the Balco scandal broke.  Even after that, 90% of their ire seems to have been focused on guys like Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco — you know,  guys who the sporting press doesn’t like anyway.  The “nice” guys (or the white guys) like Clemens somehow escaped their ire.  That is, until 24 hours ago, when the news was broken beyond further concealment.

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Mutiny at Camp Taji

Posted by Charles II on December 14, 2007

Via this from Kelly Kennedy, Army Times:

     The battalion gave 2nd Platoon the day to recover. then they were scheduled to go back out on patrol in Adhamiya on July 18.

     But when Strickland returned from a mission, he learned 2nd Platoon had failed to roll.

     “A scheduled patrol is a direct order from me,” Strickland said.

     “‘They’re not coming,’” Strickland said he was told. “So I called the platoon sergeant and talked to him. ‘Remind your guys: These are some of the things that could happen if they refuse to go out.’ I was irritated they were thumbing their noses. I was determined to get them down there.”

     But, he said, he didn’t know the whole platoon, except for Ybay, had taken sleeping medications prescribed by mental health that day, according to Ybay.

     Strickland didn’t know mental health leaders had talked to 2nd Platoon about “doing the right thing.”

     He didn’t know 2nd Platoon had gathered for a meeting and determined they could no longer function professionally in Adhamiya — that several platoon members were afraid their anger could set loose a massacre.

     “We said, ‘No.’ If you make us go there, we’re going to light up everything,” DeNardi said. “There’s a thousand platoons. Not us. We’re not going.”

     They decided as a platoon that they were done, DeNardi and Cardenas said, as did several other members of 2nd Platoon. At mental health, guys had told the therapist, “I’m going to murder someone.” And the therapist said, “There comes a time when you have to stand up,” 2nd Platoon members remembered. For the sake of not going to jail, the platoon decided they had to be “unplugged.”

Those are truly good soldiers. Knowing that their anger will lead them to kill innocent people, they take a stand. 

Their cups are full. It’s time for them to come home.

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